Entering the district playoffs winless in the month of April, Mater Academy’s baseball team desperately needed a victory.
The Lions got it convincingly shutting out Doral Academy 7-0 in a District 16-6A semifinal at Belen Jesuit that moved them into the regional playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Senior pitcher Mike Mediavilla led the effort pitching a two-hitter and going 3 for 3 with two doubles at the plate.
Mater Academy (14-8) will try to win its second consecutive district title Thursday at 4 p.m. when it plays Belen. The Wolverines have defeated Mater twice this season.
“As a team we’ve been struggling so it definitely feels great to get back in the win column,” Mater Academy coach Mike DiRosa said. “[Mediavilla] is a guy we rely on greatly on the mound, but it was a team win with every pulling their weight and we need that this time of year.”
Aside from a forfeit win against Northwestern, the Lions had lost all five games they had played since a victory over South Dade in the Hall of Fame Classic on March 27.
Mater Academy had beaten Doral (17-9) twice during the regular season, however.
A solo home run by junior Deyvid Silva got things going for the Lions in the second inning.
Mater would break the game open in the bottom of the fifth with three runs to take a 5-0 lead as Silva hit a sacrifice fly and sophomore Alex Rodriguez singled in a run. Silva finished with three RBI.
Mediavilla kept Doral scoreless by striking out five to improve to 5-3 so far this season.
“Today, we were finally able to execute some good situational hitting,” DiRosa said.
Mater 7, Doral 0:
WP: Mike Mediavilla (5-3). LP: Kevin Alloroa (4-4). Top performers: Mediavilla CG, 5 K’s, 2 hits, 3-3, 2 2B. David Silva HR, 3 RBI. MA 14-8. MA plays Thursday against Belen in district final.
Killian 8, Varela 1:
WP: Ryan Granda (10-0). LP: Nick Leon. Top performers: Danny Cumba 2 hits, 3 RBI. Keith Stevens and Ryan Guzman 2 hits apiece. Granda 6 IP, 3 hits, 3 K’s. KIL 24-4, play Thursday against South Dade final.
Westminster Christian 12, Marathon 1:
WP: Terry (7-0)
• Reagan 2, Hialeah Westland 0: WP: Fernando Bolanos CG, 6 K’s.
• Reagan 10, Westland 7: WP: Melanie Isaza 3 K’s. Top performers: Gabriella Rodriguez 3-4, 3 RBI. Natalie Azpeitia 2-3, RBI. Melanie Isaza 2-3, 2 RBI.
• Florida Christian d. Varela 25-19, 25-17, 25-27, 25-20: Ace Fernandez 24 kills, 14 digs, 6 points. Willmar Gonzalez 14 kills, 11 digs, 9 points. Johnny Benitez 32 assists, 6 kills, 14 points. FC 11-10.
District 15-8A semifinals at Southwest: Braddock vs. Coral Gables, 4; Coral Park-Southwest winner vs. Columbus, 7
District 15-4A semifinals at Florida Christian: St. Brendan vs. Mater Lakes, 4; Pace vs. Florida Christian, 7
District 16-4A semifinals at Boys and Girls Club: Ransom Everglades vs. Key West, 3:30; Keys Gate vs. Gulliver,6:30
District 16-3A semifinal at Westminster Christian: Palmer Trinity vs. Archbishop Carroll, 4
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Ferguson at Coral Reef, 4
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Palmetto at Coral Gables, 4
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: McArthur at Krop, 4
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Miami Beach at West Broward, 4
Region 4-6A quarterfinal at Slade Park: Mater Academy at Goleman, 7
Region 4-6A quarterfinal: Miami Springs at Doral, 7
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: Key West at St. Brendan, 1
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: Florida Christian at Gulliver, 4
Region 4-2A quarterfinal: Island Christian at Princeton Christian, 4
Region 4-2A quarterfinal: Miami Christian at Colonial Christian, 4
TRACK AND FIELD
Region 4-3A at Traz Powell – Field events: 11 a.m.; Prelims: 3; Running finals: 6:30.
District 14-8A final at Alex Fernandez Park: 7
District 16-8A final at Southridge: 6:30
District 16-7A final at Walker Park: 7
District 15-6A final at Miami Springs: 3:30
District 16-6A final at Belen: 4
District 16-4A final at Boys and Girls Club: 6:30
District 15-3A final at Miami Country Day: 7
District 15-2A final at Miami Christian: Brito vs. Champagnat Catholic-Miami Christian winner, 4
Region 4-7A quarterfinal: Reagan at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7
Region 4-7A quarterfinal: Hollywood Hills at American, 4
Region 4-3A quarterfinal at Palmetto Bay Park: Archbishop Curley at Westminster Christian, 7
Region 4-3A quarterfinal: Marathon at Miami Country Day, 4
TRACK AND FIELD
Region 4-4A at Ansin Sports Complex – Field events: 1; Prelims: 4; Running finals: 7.
GMAC championship at Palmetto – Quarterfinals: Hialeah Gardens vs. Killian, 2; Southwest vs. Mourning, 2; Columbus vs. Sunset, 3:15; Miami High vs. Palmetto, 3:15; Semifinals: 4:45; Final: 6:30.